Local Bridal Retailer: Modern Trousseau

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Modern Trousseau’s dresses might have a southern flair, but the Australian bred, Connecticut based designer Callie Tein makes dresses that are instinctually classic.  The runway show at Charleston Fashion Week was a beautiful display of traditional lace dresses, silk ball gowns, tulle skirts, and a beaded dress with a matching caplet.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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Bridal Designer: Kate McDonald

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Nationally recognized, locally based bridal designer Katherine McDonald put on a charming show at Charleston Fashion Week with some surprises.  Her staple “Little White Dresses” and classic gowns are a mainstay, but it was the showstopping hand painted gown, lace jumpsuit, and two-piece boy short ensemble that kept you guessing “What’s next?” for this local favorite.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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Local Bridal Retailer: White

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White a bridal boutique based in Daniel Island, showed their diverse selection of gowns at Charleston Fashion Week.  Everything from ethereal flowy dresses, to old hollywood glam, to fairytale princess gowns, this store has you covered.  Owner Jodi Moylan is just as eclectic as her merchandise and is always eager to please her clients when choosing the right gown or making them a custom one.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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Bridal Designer: One Love by Rachel Gordon

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Rachel Gordon’s fashion show at Charleston Fashion Week was an ethereal display of dreamy dresses fit for any boho bride.  The gorgeous gowns were accented by custom jewelry made by local artist Jen Bonoma of Birdsong Jewelry. The dynamic duo share a studio space on Upper King and have collaborated for years, complimenting each others one of a kind creations.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

Featured Designer: Carlos Campos

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As the closing show, New York based menswear designer Carlos Campos brought his modern menswear perspective to Charleston Fashion Week.  Immersed in a family that focused on design and master tailoring, his future in fashion was in his destiny.  His mainstay aesthetic of clean lines and modern fabrications brought together a streamlined collection of impeccably fitted garments.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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Emerging Designer 2015 Winner: Gloria Forehand

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Gloria Forehand was the winner of the 2015 Emerging Designer competition at Charleston Fashion Week. The Korean born designer infused her heritage into every elegantly designed piece giving her collection an authentic point of view.  Eastern sensibility meets American wearability in her fall collection that focused on evening wear.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

Featured Designer: Seam Siren

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Featured designer Mary Wutz of Seam Siren conjured a collection of eco-concious clothing at Charleston Fashion Week. The fabric is made out of Nepalese nettle fibers sourced from an eastern  Himalayan women’s cooperative. Mary’s initiative to support the Kulung tribe of eastern Nepal encompasses her belief in preserving the ancient technique of producing fabric and constructing garments.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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Charleston Fashion Week Day 5 Streetstyle

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As Charleston Fashion Week draws to a close, some of the best dressed people in Charleston pulled out all of the stops.  The styles ran the gamut from streetwear to party frocks to well suited gentleman. I think we live up to the title of the most attractive people in the U.S. pretty well.

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Featured Designer: Todd Snyder New York

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Classic American sportswear was the overall aesthetic for this New York designer Todd Snyder at Charleston Fashion Week.  His namesake collection might be new on the scene but this menswear veteran has held design positions at brands such as The Gap, J.Crew, and Ralph Lauren before launching his own label in 2011.  Todd’s background as a architect major can be seen throughout his collection with clean lines and a focused color palette

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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CFW Emerging Designer: Roy Blake Smith

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New Jersey based designer Roy Blake Smith featured his beautifully crafted collection of hand detailed garments at Charleston Fashion Week.  Incorporating couture techniques into his sportswear sensibility, Roy delivered a captivating runway show displaying his diverse designs.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

CFW Emerging Designer: Sarah Ellis Clark

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Raleigh, NC based designer Sarah Ellis Clark’s carefully thought out collection at Charleston Fashion Week consisted of beautifully made garments for both men and women. The artisanal quality could be seen in the centuries old process of warping a loom, dying yarn, and weaving.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

CFW Emerging Designer: Sydney Smith

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Raleigh, NC based designer Sydney Smith presented a runway show of refined pieces with a nod to the seventies. Her custom accessories such as leather gloves and bags tied all of the looks together to make a cohesive collection at Charleston Fashion Week.  The star of the show was a hunter green pony skin floor length gown cut to perfection.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

CFW Emerging Designer: Casey Crespo

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Wilmington, SC based designer Casey Crespo whipped up a lunar inspired collection with a futuristic undertone.  The cocoon capes paired with second skin leggings were the highlights at Charleston Fashion Week.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

CFW Emerging Designers: Ryan Workman & Daniel Velasco

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Savannah, GA based design duo Ryan Workman & Daniel Velasco teamed up for a runway show full of wearable art at Charleston Fashion Week.  Inspired by street art Daniel paints on fabrics as Ryan constructs the garments making for a one-of-a-kind collection.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant

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Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant‘s Miami infused show had you wishing for summer weather and a dance party to wear all the bright fun clothes to. The mix of high end and streetwear proved that this local department store really does offer it all.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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Mosa Boutique

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Local retailer Mosa Boutique’s runway show at Charleston Fashion Week was full of sexy swimwear, boho dresses, and sportswear for men and women.  This upper King boutique pushes fashion forward styles that take you from the office to the party.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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Charleston Fashion Week Day 4 Streetstyle

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Friday night streetstyle at Charleston Fashion Week was a mix of streetwear, boho chic, and wild styles for the men.  As the temperatures rose, so did the hemlines for the ladies.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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CFW Emerging Designer: Caroline Hulsey

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New York based designer Caroline Hulsey combined storytelling and tradition in her runway show at Charleston Fashion Week.  Utilitarian shapes dominated her collection excluding the hand knit finale dress which stole the show.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

CFW Emerging Designers: Andie Enomoto & Taylor Kaclik

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Brooklyn based designers  Andie Enomoto & Taylor Kaclik of Scapes NY delivered a futuristic collection of new shapes and modern fabrics at Charleston Fashion Week. Their show was a conceptual display of contrasting ideas and shapes. Andie & Taylor’s handmade leather accessories were the perfect accents to each ensemble.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

CFW Emerging Designer: Dinah Lightsey

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North Agusta, SC based desginer Dinah Lightsey showed a collection of modern swimwear at Charleston Fashion Week. Graphic cutouts and innovative design were the focus at this exciting show.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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